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Wake County school board members trade words over leadership change

Corrected to reflect that Kushner‘s and Martin’s comments didn’t come during interviews with Michaels.

Wake County school board members are talking about why they changed their leadership, and former school board chairman Keith Sutton is defending his leadership style.

The comments from new school board chairwoman Christine Kushner, school board member Jim Martin and Sutton will be heard this afternoon at 4 p.m. on Cash Michaels’ “Make It Happen” radio show on 750 WAUG. The show can also be heard online at www.mywaug.com.

The comments are also part of articles that will appear in the new edition of The Carolinian that will hit the streets today. Michaels, the newspaper’s editor, included excerpts of the articles that can be found online on his blog.

Michaels said the comments from Martin and Kushner were from the Dec. 11 meeting of the Wake African-American Caucus.

For instance, Martin cites how dissatisfied he was with the membership of the school safety task force that Sutton formed after the Newtown school shootings. Martin objected to Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison co-chairing the group and charges that board members didn’t have input in the selection of members.

Martin didn’t like how Harrison used his position to push his support for the school system creating its own police force. Sutton has said the idea is off the table.

Sutton defends having Harrison as co-chairman while saying that board members were involved. He also says other board membets were “elitist.”